Today’s DIY is all about making a fresh and modern spin on the good old bunting flags. We were inspired by this minimalist menu display after spotting this trend in our favorite coffee shops! We collaborated with boss stylist Marisa Nicole Events to create a monochromatic menu-like letter display in two different scenes to show just how versatile this DIY alphabet tile signage can be with our friends at Fiskars. We’re always aching for bright pops of color, and Birds of a Feather was able to capture all this botanical eye candy from Of the Flowers.
Fall is chock full of cozy gatherings and al fresco dinner parties — how else would you celebrate sweater weather? And with all the fun seasonal activities calling your name, the last thing you want to be doing is grunt work for these little get-togethers. So inspired by the idea of stressing less and living more, we put together a porch table with nautical lanterns from 46 & Spruce to show just how simple this task can be. This home and garden store is overflowing with terrariums, vases and lanterns that can help you whip together a party setting in a pinch, so it’s no surprise we looked to them first!
The leaves are falling and you know what that means – steaming hot cocoa with marshmallows and whipped cream as often as we can make an excuse for it! And since fall is filled with holiday parties and gatherings of all sorts, we wanted to set you up for success with a hot chocolate bar that you can throw in a pinch. We created free customizable printables designed for these peel + stick labels from our partners Avery.
We’re always up for recycling and upcycling whenever we can, so you better believe this project is quickly becoming one of our faves. You can give your old tees a new life by making this super easy tote bag. So grab your orange-handled scissors and check out this easy cheat sheet for how to make your own below! We’re totes on board for a design-your-own as a fun bridal shower activity too ;)
Any day spent with peonies is a good one, amiright? We’re so excited to share this project we worked with our friends at Afloral. It’s fun, flirty and floral, and just what the doctor ordered if you’re in need of a summery pick-me-up! Plus, we got free printable for you, so you’re ready to make yours:
We’re crazy about pretty packaging, and we have a sense you are too? We’re going to show you how to make your own favor boxes today, which can be done in a jiffy to any size you’d like. Plus we’ve got lots of free printables for you to make your own, including Thank You labels with the help of our partner Avery.
Earlier this afternoon we shared Part 1 of our Macramé Wall Hanging DIY, and now we’re back to share Part 2. If you have been in love with the macramé trend but was always intimidated on how to make one, Los Angeles-based floral designer Best Day Ever Floral Design is here today with us sharing an easy way to make your own wall hanging. Using fresh flowers and foliage from Blooms by the Box, she and photographer Jesialex brought this charming boho vision to life.
Inspired by today’s Foggy Mountaintop Elopement with Macrame feature, we’re going to share a two part project we’ve been working with Los Angeles floral designer Best Day Ever Floral Design and photographer Jesialex. The first of our DIY Easy Macramé Wall Hanging series makes an ideal addition to any bridal shower, home decor or even kids rooms and nuseries. Decorated with silk flowers from our partner Afloral, this wall hanging DIY is as pretty as they come:
For anyone who might be looking to add some extra pops of color to your tablescape, we’ve got the perfect DIY for you! We’ve partnered up with Testors to bring you these super cute DIY painted knot place cards, which you can paint in your own perfect color palette to fit in seamlessly to your decor.
If there’s anything better than an easy DIY, it’s one that’s easy AND affordable. Enter this quick DIY straw backdrop garland project we created with Fiskars to celebrate their 50th Anniversary of their famous Orange-Handled Scissors. We’re proud to announce that this project will also be on display at the Helsinki Design Museum in Finland next month for the party! You can make this backdrop to create a colorful statement piece perfect for your ceremony, cake table, sweetheart table — anywhere, really! We chose an orange ombré pattern, because there’s pretty much no better color match for summer.
Today we’ve partnered with Avery to share colorful balloon ceiling inspiration that will simply make your heart POP! This vibrant color palette is the perfect transition from summer to fall, and we’re quite obsessed with the possibilities this project presents. Harking back to younger days, this balloon display brings an air of sophisticated fun to any event and is sure to delight your guests. I mean who doesn’t want a personalized name card with a party favor to boot? Not to mention the balloons automatically double as chair swag for the reception + light-hearted fun for the dance floor. Yes please!
Here we used this balloon ceiling chandelier to host a floating seating chart, though you can also customize these tags printables to be used in a bridal shower game, display small wedding favors with our thank you printable or as a fun cocktail hour conversation starter with quirky quotes.
We’ve created 3 different designs with botanical and fresh patterns to mix and match – you’ll find a bonus Thank You tag in there too! Avery’s Design & Print tool allows you to customize each tag with your own text, so it goes without saying these printables can be incredibly multipurpose!
What You’ll Need:
- these hang tags
- Download these free printables
- Baker’s Twine
- latex balloons
- helium tank
- balloon pump for balloons on the floor
How to print these Avery templates using Avery’s Design and Print Online:
- Go to avery.com/print to use Avery Design & Print Online
- Create a free account or click “My Computer” to upload your .avery files
- Customize it if you wish and print it yourself!
To print double sided, you will need to run each sheet of hang tags through the printer twice. Though as you print front and back, don’t feel obligated to marry polka dots with polka dots. We recommend mixing and matching these designs between individual tags and placement in the final display as well. This foolproof recipe will give your balloon ceiling the ultimate dynamic edge, and it took no time to style! What’s more, it’s a wonderful way to fill space and make an impact with little work. So if you’re looking for creative wedding details that will have jaws on the floor, head on over to Avery’s Design & Print tool to give this suspended project a go.
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We’re not the baking type in any shape or form, so when we’re in a pinch for a last minute cake, our secret is our local grocery store. You can dress up a cake a thousand ways, but we love how this chic grocery store cake hack can be made in a jiffy. So with a pretty floral bunch from Afloral in our hands and our favorite cake stand from BHLDN, we decorated a picture-ready cake for a bridal shower or party fit for a garden soiree:
Bright colors, airy cakes, and blooming backdrops… there’s nothing quite like summer entertaining. It can always be a scramble to come up with decor for these small gatherings, like bridal brunches and showers, so we partnered with Aforal to create these easy floral arrangements that you can keep after the party is over.
With Father’s Day just around the corner, we couldn’t help but share gift box ideas for the OG man in your life (*ahem* Dad). The card for Dad is just the beginning, so we laid the groundwork in case you wanted to write some sweet nothings to your groom before the big reveal, and even added a thank you printable for the groomsmen to boot. Now that we got a few important men in your life covered, it’s time to grab these free printables!
The ring box is one of the few things in a wedding that you get to use beyond the wedding day, so we wanted to have some fun with it and make a ring box that’s achievable at any skill level with the help of Fiskars. The best part about this project is that you might already have some of these items in your garage or tool shed and the whole project takes an hour or less! This DIY birch log ring box can also be made as a small trinket box or carry two rings for the walk down the aisle, so take a look at how to make your own:
Sun’s out, peonies out, guys. Summer is right around the corner and we are happy to see that it’s peony season again! Bright and bold colorful is the killer combo that makes this DIY summer bouquet such a visual treat. All you need is a small collection of your favorite blooms, Fiskars PowerGear2 pruners and pretty ribbon.
Nothing says celebration quite like a mimosa bar, right? Whether for a wedding, bridesmaid brunch, or bridal shower put on by the MOB, we’re all smiles when we see pretty bottles of bubbly and OJ. In order to give your mimosa bar a little extra punch, we’ve created these printables with Avery — and they’re perfect for your next party!
If you fancy making a statement pillow, then a knot pillow should be on your list. This cutie of a project is great for beginner sewers and it only needs half yard of fabric!
The only thing better than a DIY garland is one that’s SUPER affordable, which is just one reason we love this beaded straw garland Studio Cultivate created for us. Made up primarily of cocktail straws, it’s a great way to make eye-catching, modern decor that can be whipped up in no time. Talk about a win-win!
If you’ve been searching for the perfect addition to your nursery, a corner of your home, or fun displays for your wedding, look no further — this DIY brass plant mobile is easily replicated, and quite the statement maker! We teamed up with Fiskars to show how exactly how to make your very own brass mobile, with a couple of variations if you’d like to switch it up some. Let’s jump right in!
It feels like 2017 just began, but Easter is already right around the corner! This weekend we’ll be dyeing eggs and eating way too much chocolate, but for now we’ll just build anticipation with this adorable shoot from The Happy Bloom and French Knot Studios. Plenty of freshly picked flowers, sweet treats, and the most precious kids decked out in their Easter finest all lie within, plus a sweet DIY project for the kiddos!
In case you’ve missed it, the hot new design trend right now is shibori, a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique that creates beautiful patterns on fabric. Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate is here with us today, showing how you can easily make your own shibori napkins for your next party or wedding day!
For step by step instructions with images, check out our DIY slideshow here:
We’re embracing this last stretch of winter with one of our favorite things – chocolate! Nothing sounds quite as good as snuggling up in a chunky blanket, putting on your favorite old movie and sipping on some hot chocolate right? Add your best gal pals to the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect Friday night. We partnered with Avery to make the easiest hot chocolate stick recipe for delish wedding favors or thank you gifts.
Japanese origami is all about symbolism, and one of our favorite origami creations is the Lucky Star. Creating 1 star for your loved one signifies the only one, while 9 stars signifies love for a long time. If you want to go the extra mile, 1314 stars represent a whole eternity of love! Can you imagine a more special (and meaningful) touch to a Valentine’s gift? Fred Meyer Jewelers was the real mvp and put together a step-by-step DIY to teach you how to make your own:
If every quantity of Lucky Stars has a specific purpose, shouldn’t every detail of your ring too? Understanding the different meanings of rings is key to choosing the right one for you. We’re truly enamored by Fred Meyer Jeweler’s Destiny Diamond, which is embedded across 3 collections that provide a wedding ring and personality blueprint – each in their own way!
If you have a vibrant, extroverted soul (and let’s face it, you love to be the center of attention), the Strength Collection should definitely be a contender. Featuring a strong solitaire as it’s center stone, this striking piece is the kind that people won’t stop talking about. If you’re all about the glitz + glamour, and you tend to light up every room, you’re probably a Harmony gal. We’re talking diamonds on diamonds in a symphony of sparkle. But let’s say you’re more of a traditionalist, and your story together is a dynamic one. The Journey Collection is all about adventure, signifying your past, present and future in various three-stone, anniversary and wedding bands.
Don’t you just love love? Be sure to explore Fred Meyer Jeweler’s new catalog to find out which diamond is your best friend!
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Long-time Ruffled readers know we can never turn down a good DIY project. From backdrops to favors to paper flowers, we saw a hefty portion this year and it made narrowing down this list no small task! Before we start the drum roll, don’t forget to check out our other Best of 2016 installments — fashion, ceremonies, bouquets, and receptions. Now, we’ll let these DIY projects take it away:
Scalloped felt backdrop from this project.
Copper leaves cake topper from this project.
Hershey Kiss floral backdrop from this project.
Matisse cutout wall hanging from this project.
This 3d DIY geometric wall decor is a must try!
All you need is a paper punch and painterly gift wrap for this DIY geometric string lights
Bookmark this one for next year — these DIY Christmas Village Luminaries have their own free downloadable template!
Today we’re sharing a DIY just in time to decorate for the holidays! Fiskars recently launched new craft knives and we knew we wanted to try them to make this Christmas Village. Audrey from French Knot Studios is sharing a printable template for you to make your own holiday luminaries, so read on below on how to whip up your own:
Convinced they actually met each other lifetimes ago, the love story between Jacqueline and Matthew is truly a sweet one. The couple decided to base their wedding day loosely around the head and the heart, cheekily naming each reception table after a part of the anatomy. Thank you to danfredo photos + films for capturing their day, and to Heart + Dash for bringing their vision to life!
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Today we’re sharing a modern + handcrafted bridal shower inspiration in partnership with Birch & Goldberry. The trio behind this Houston TX company offers fine handpainted gift wrap, artisanal soaps and candles, making for a one-shop for creating your bridesmaid gift kits. We took inspiration from these girl bosses and these items to dream up of a fun bridal brunch that you can recreate yourself — with how-tos below!
Shot by the talented Emily Elizabeth Photo, this sleek + modern design from DIY contributor and Event Stylists ENLY Designs drew us in right from the start. From the hand stitched placemats to the hexagonal table runner to the triangular chandelier, we’d fall right down the rabbit hole if it led to a paper-filled wonderland like this. This vignette most definitely has a wow-factor, and we can’t imagine a more perfect setting for getting together with your girls.
See how to make the abstract place mat here!
You may be wondering just how to present the question, and we have a solution for you. After a little bit of wining + dining, curated gift boxes are a fun and unique way to spread the love and provide these very important people with something truly memorable. Our ideal gift box would include a soy candle, abstract soap bar, heartfelt note and confetti of course! Oh, and complete with bubbly upon delivery.
See how to make the menu cards here:
The common denominator of all these amazing DIYs is Birch & Goldberry. They have a wide array of products you can incorporate into a shower like this, and as the Paper & Packaging Board reminded us last month, the crafting possibilities with paper are endless (check out this easy paper backdrop DIY if you’re looking for something more to decorate a bridal brunch). The wrap collection featured in today’s shoot is The Neutrals, though their other wrap bundles are speckled with purples, greens and even sky blues to provide a visual symphony worth talking about. These papers have a thick texture that is wonderful for fine crafts as well as gift wrapping.
See how to make the Triangular Chandelier here:
Thank you, Birch & Goldberry for providing these handcrafted gifts + gift wrap patterns. Head over to their site for more gift ideas for your ladies!
I guess you could say we’re crazy in love with today’s DIY project – a green + white ombre photo backdrop made entirely of paper! We partnered with the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ campaign to showcase one of the many unique ways you can incorporate paper into your wedding day with this geometric design! It can be used as a ceremony, photo booth or sweetheart table backdrop, just to name a few ideas. You can even use it in the events leading up to your wedding – we’re thinking it could be the perfect eye-popping addition behind a sweets table at a bridal shower!
Not only is this project easy, it’s completely customizable. You have free creative reign with size, color and overall shape. Needless to say, the possibilities are endless. Thank you to our newest DIY stylist and contributor, Colorado-based ENLY Event Design, for capturing the step-by-step images and end result!
It’s #WeddingWednesday, so what better time to share a great DIY project? We’ve partnered up with Fiskars to bring you this modern backdrop installation, perfect for your ceremony or any wall in your home! Inspired by the abstract shapes popular in Matisse’s artwork, we created our own abstract masterpiece you can easily replicate in a day. Thank you to Opal+Rose Photo for capturing the images!
For this project, you will need:
– Fiskars Easy Change Detail Knife
– Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Scissors
– Fiskars Cutting Mat
– Card stock
– Thin plywood or birch veneer
– Cotton rope
– Wooden dowel
– Paint and paint brushes
Click through to the slideshow to see the rundown of steps for this DIY!
We’re so in love with how it turned out! Pretty, huh? We are all about DIYs that can be used after the wedding, and we think this beauty would look amazing at home hanging above a bed or a sofa.
Fiskars’ new craft knives is ideal for precision cutting, which is essential to a project such as this one we shared. This kit includes 12 changeable blades that serve different purposes, and it comes with 5 standard blades for future replacement.